Must See Art In and Around Lambeth This Spring/ Summer

Whether rain or shine, soak up the best of London’s art in this go-to guide of the top 5 exhibitions happening this spring/ summer in and around Lambeth.

Jeff Koons @ Newport Street Gallery

18 May 2017-16 October 2017- Free entry

Jeff Koons’ is considered one of the most seminal artists of the post war era. Following in the Warhol tradition, Koons’ work centres around his fascination with pop culture and the elevation of the everyday object, and explores themes such consumerism, taste and identity.

Featuring the iconic hoover sculptures and early work such as Inflatable Flowers, the exhibition spans 35 years of the artist’s work and covers the six expansive galleries at Newport street.

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Amelie Von Wulffen @ Studio Voltaire

10 February- 2 April 2017

Amelie Von Wulffen’s exhibition for Studio Voltaire explores the Freudian themes of guilt and the unconscious, religion and growing up in post-war Germany, with art style referencing historical German painters along with 1970s kitsch and children’s nightmares.

Titled ‘ The Misjudged Bimpfi’- referencing an old German-language story where a human-like mushroom is shunned after being accused of crimes they did not commit- this is Von Wulffen’s first solo show  in the UK , shown in the large exhibition room of the former Victorian chapel.

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From Selfie to Self Expression @ Saatchi Gallery

31 March 2017-31 May 2017

From Van Gough and Frida Kahlo, Tracey Emin and George Harrison, right up to Barack Obamas selfie with the Danish Prime Minister, this exhibition traces the importance of the self-portrait , and if the modern phenomena of the ‘selfie’ is as a legitimate form of self-expression as the works of an artist.

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David Hockney @ Tate Britain

March- 29 May 2017

David Hockney is one of the most celebrated British artists of the 20th century,

As the artist approaches his 80th birthday, the Tate presents a retrospective with spans his time as a student at the Royal Academy of Art in the early 1960s, to present day works, including drawings, portraits and photographs, together with his most famous paintings.

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Wolfgang Tillmans @ Tate Modern

Until 11 June 2017

Wolfgang Tillmans’ was the first photographer to win the Turner Prize in 2000. Combining  photography, video, digital slide projections, publications, curatorial projects and recorded music, Tillmans’ paints his picture of the world today – equally raw, desperate and joyous.

Using 2003 as his starting point- the year of the Iraq war, the moment Tillmans believes the world changed- the exhibition features portraits, landscapes and intimate still life’s, as well as abstract, immersive photography.

Win for TFL as they receive sum of the budget in hopes to cut congestion and make transport more affordable and convenient for Londoners.

Mayor Sadiq Khan’s final budget proposal draft was debated in city hall Monday morning. The main topic of conversation was about transport, pollution and the amount invested in the police.
In regards to transport in London and the TFL, Mayor Khan pledged to over the next five years to;

• Make transport more affordable
• To adapt bus services without reduction
• Extend the Hopper fair
• Increasing Rail services with the construction of the Cross Rail Line and the Elizabeth        Line
• Make transport infrastructures more accessible by making 46% of stations step free
• Launching The Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to reduce air pollution
• Release 300 acres of TFL land to create homes and office spaces

Transport for London is receiving a total expenditure of £6,978,000,000 with a council tax requirement of £6,000,000. Transport received the largest sum in the budget due to inflation and is hoping to break even by 2020 – 21 and hope to generate £3.4 billion in commercial revenue (Non Fares) by 2023, which will be reinvested into London’s transport supporting jobs and the economic growth.

The budget includes £39.6 million to be spent on service improvements and initiatives like the ULEZ, with other initiatives relating to the pedestrianization of Oxford Street and parliament square to minimize congestion as these are two of the most populated stations in London.

Other station upgrades include a Northern Line extension between Kennington and Battersea, which is the first major tube extension since the 1990’s Jubilee line extension, which will regenerate the Vauxhall, Nine Elms area generating 25,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes. There is also going to be an upgrade on the Victoria line and redevelopment of Custom House DLR station. A public consultation will be launched into a new entrance being built at Camden town tube station and Ilford station will receive a major transformation as well as a project Hackney Wick Station costing £25,000,000. The money used will also support fifty apprenticeships.

During the budget meeting one of the major areas of discontent stemmed from the disregard of improvements to the tram services specifically the build of a Sutton Tram. Mayor Khan was also held accountable to his pledge to about cutting fairs, when questioned about not complying with his pledge he said in not so many words that due to several economic factors its was out of reach at this time but said he has frozen fairs for the next four years. Len Duvall; Labour AM came to his defence adding that the introduction and continuation of the hopper fair has assisted a decrease in and also the introduction to the night tube has enabled a more convenient service for the constituents of London but Mayor Khan did make the point that previous part-time Mayors allowed a 42% rise in fairs to pay for inefficiencies.

Mayor Khan also stated when asked about congestion in central London that Transport improvements and the condensing of bus routes etc. will cut congestion by a dramatic amount also touching on the fact that said improvements will also minimize the amount of private hire mini cabs surrounding the central London area making London not only less congested but a less polluted city.

The subject of cycling and the safety for cyclists was also brought up with the Mayor stating that he had instated cycle commissioner that will deal specifically in this subject.

Making London Oscar Ready as Mayor Pledges to Make The Capital ‘ The Most Film Friendly City In The World’


Artists impression of the Thames Estuary Development

  • Mayor Sadiq Khan sets London to be ‘the most film friendly city in the world’
  • Regeneration Plan to build London’s Largest film studio in Dagenham
  • Film contributed £1.2 million to London’s economy in 2016
  • 1/6 jobs in London are in the Creative industries
  • Scheme announced to help young talent reach full potential


Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced he wishes London to be the most film friendly city in the world. Following talks with top film directors at the famous Double Negative Visual Effects Studios in Fitrozia, the mayor said that although London continued to attract top film projects, it should not be complacent , particularly in times of institutional change and global competition.

The film industry contributed £1.2 million to London’s economy in 2016, and to grow on this, the major has pledged to invest in new, upcoming talent and creating the infrastructure to support them.

Following this is the regeneration plan for the Thames estuary , a bold vision to make the area in  south east London a creative hub, part of which would be the building London’s largest film studio complex in Dagenham, Essex.



In support to find the industry’s newest stars, the mayor has set out plans to team Film London with Creative Skillset to deliver a new skills strategy that identifies skill shortages in the industry and then helps train young creative to develop routes into these careers.

The Major said he is committed to making  London ‘the best, most inviting place for film production in the world’  and that “In order to achieve this, we need to ensure we continue to attract the brightest, most diverse creative talent to London and we need to invest in the kind of physical infrastructure that will ensure our city remains competitive on the global stage.”

To show his support of the film industry, the Mayor will be hosting the UK premier screening of Oscar nominated ‘The Salesman’ directed by award-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 26th.






London Transport Upgrades: Northern Line gets an extension and Crossrail 2 Gets an Alternative route addition

  • Crossrail extension to cost up to £27bn and is due to be finished in the early 2020s
  • Northern line extension includes Vauxhall, Nine Elms, and Battersea Power Station.
  • Crossrail Predicted to add £102bn to the economy over time

London transport services TFL have recently presented new upgrade proposals, which have recently been approved by mayor Sadiq Khan himself, the upgrades are said to make a vast improvement with the economy. Crossrail 2 as it has been called, expected to cost up to £27bn to install a new route from Clapham Junction to Wimbledon. The route is set to change that instead of running through Tooting Bec station, it will run through Balham instead. This is said to be able to support over 200,000 jobs and homes and boost the economy into the billions.crossrail

Another big change happening for the London Transport System is the addition to the Northern Line that is taking place. The northern line is expected to be extended to the following areas: Battersea Power Station, Kennington Green, Kennington Park, and Nine Elms. The construction started from spring 2015, 2017 the main tunnel work for Kennington Green/Park will begin. By 2020, the construction of the extension is said to be completed. With the extension, up to 25,000 new jobs and homes are supported.


Khan He Do It? London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan Announces “Package of Measures” to Improve Quality of London’s Air

  • T-Charge to be introduced on top of congestion charge
  • Expansion to the Ultra Low Emission Zone
  • Two new electric bus routes announced to cut air pollution
  • Proposal for diesel scrappage scheme to lower number of diesel cars on the roads

Since being elected Mayor, Sadiq Khan has pledged to tackle London’s toxic air with a “package of measures” aimed at reducing pollution across the capital. The measures target vehicle emissions in some of London’s most polluted areas.Image result for sadiq khan london bus

One of the measures being introduced by the Mayor to help improve the quality of the city’s air is the T-charge. This will be a £10 fee for the more polluting vehicles wishing to travel in central London and will operate on top of the existing congestion charge. What this means for older vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard for emissions is that they will have to pay a total of £21.50 each day to drive in the congestion zone between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

The levy is expected to hit our streets from the 23rd of October.

The announcement comes amid a fresh wave of criticism of London’s toxic air. Recent research has suggested that the capital’s poor air quality is responsible for around 9,000 premature deaths each year in the capital alone. Across the UK the figure is believed to be almost 30,000 and it is estimated to cost the government £30 billion every year. London has been in violation of EU rules on emissions every year since 2010 and in 2017, the city breached annual limits on pollution in just five days.

London’s Mayor has also pressed the government to get behind his ‘dirty’ diesel scrappage scheme. This will be a fund to compensate drivers who have purchased diesel vehicles, believing them to be the ‘cleaner’ option. Further efforts to reduce pollution include an expansion to the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone and also to bring the starting date forward from 2020 to 2019. Mayor Khan has also announced two new greener bus routes that will now run exclusively electric busses to add to what has been described as a package of “hard hitting” measures to combat London’s air pollution problem. There is no doubt that Sadiq Khan has made pollution one of his top priorities as Mayor of London, but the question remains; will it be enough?